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Car Advisor Tamotsu Todoroki

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Hot-Weather Driving? - Vol.48

Planning for road trips? Want to enjoy long drives in hot weather? Yes, warm weather has finally arrived and almost everyone is excited to take scenic road drives! If you are one of those who enjoy road trips with your own vehicle, then it's time to prepare your car for the warm weather. Yes, without proper warm weather preparation of your vehicle, you may end up with a day filled with car repairs. Getting your car ready for warm weather is always smart decision to avoid frustrating roadside scenarios. Here are some tips to ensure that your summer is full of fun and comfortable road drives.

· Take a glance around before heading out of the driveway. Almost every one of us looks under the hood for probable auto problems; however, it is essential to examine the surrounding area as well. If you notice oil where you have parked your vehicle, it's an indication to consult a qualified technician for the problem.

· Check all fluid levels of your vehicle. You need to check the engine, cooling system, transmission, washer fluid, brake fluid and power steering as well. If you need to change the fluids, be sure to go for high-quality fluids only. Spending a little more for quality fluids will ensure the dependability and performance. Further, change old fluids regularly. This will help to keep your vehicle weather friendly.

· Always keep your eye on temperature gauges while driving. This will help you know if your vehicle starts to overheat. Overheating is one of the most common causes of preventable breakdowns in summer season. Vehicles are prone to overheat easily during warm weather conditions. If antifreeze is too old, then you should change it. Consult a qualified technician to examine your car if the problem persists.

· It can be beneficial to upgrade your oil to high-performance synthetic motor oil. This will help to perk up overall health of your vehicle. Never cut any costs when it comes to purchasing oil for your vehicle.

· Ensure that your hoses and belts are examined after adding fluids. If there are any kinds of corrosion or cracks in hoses, you should replace it. Remember, a problematic belt can contribute for overheating of the engine. You should be keen about spongy, hard or blistered hoses. Get them replaced as soon as possible.

· Always clean latches, hinges and battery terminals. Further, check the air pressure to keep tires correctly inflated before stepping out for a drive in hot weather.

· When it comes to summer season, air conditioning is incredibly essential. During the extreme hot weather of the year, you need to keep it in top-notch shape. If you intend to stay healthy, it's essential to stay cool. After all, you don't want to feel like sitting in an oven while down the road. There are many signs to recognize that your air conditioner is in trouble.

· One issue that can occur while on the road is low air flow. Very little air will reach your body, even if you set the controls to high. Carpet in the car may experience the dampness. This is another common problem which is caused due to the drain becoming clogged. If something has stuck in the conditioner, it may make strange noises. Instead of being panic and thinking about worst, fix the problem as soon as possible.

It is always beneficial to check all the points mentioned above to avoid any kind of disappointment in your road voyage during the summer. All above tips will help you prepare your vehicle for warm weather driving. So, be prepared and get ready to have memorable summer trip.
Happy journey!